Simple pattern that looks good. You can have it like this, or add another three inches or so of rib for a turnup. It looks a bit wobbly here as it was having to be modelled on my coffee mug in the absence of an available head …  It’s a great stash buster to use up those part balls of yarn cluttering up your storage space.

Please note that this pattern is my copyright. It may be made and goods sold, or it may be passed on freely.


DK yarn

5 mm circular needle and set of 4mm double pointed pins

Tapestry needle and sharp scissors

Notes:  This pattern is knitted in the round.  The length of the hat can be adjusted after the rib to fit the person who will wear it. It can be striped, worked in two colour blocks as I did, or be solid colour – the choice is entirely yours.  For a very stretchy cast on for rib, have a look at Tillybuddy’s video on YouTube … it’s great for hats.


With circular needle cast on 80 stitches. Join to form a circle, without twisting the work.

Rib row:  *p3, k1.  Repeat from * and continue knitting around without joining until rib measures 3 inches (7.5 cm) from the beginning.

Next row: purl

If a turnup is wanted add 2 inches more of rib, ensuring that the pattern is correct.

Change to stocking stitch, knitting around until work measures half an inch (1.25 cm) short of the required length.

Decrease row:  *k2 tog tbl all the way around (40 sts)

Knit 1 row

Repeat decrease row.  (20 sts)

Change to 4mm dpn’s (it helps to draw in the crown) and knit one row.

Repeat decrease row (10 sts).

Cut yarn and thread through tapestry needle. Draw the cut end through all 10 stitches and pull hole closed. Pass the tapestry needle through to the wrong side of the work, fasten off and weave in the end. Weave in any other ends.